Somerset

4.3
1811 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We are pleased to be open and offering seasonal American fare by Chef Stephen Gillanders. We are currently seating both indoors and outdoor seating, weather dependent. During these difficult time, we ask you to respect a limit of 90 minutes at your table or greenhouse. Please note that seating preferences are all first come first serve.

Our patio seating is non reservable, you may place a request for the outdoor seating, which is not guaranteed to any of the parties. After the request has been placed we will do our best to accommodate it! Thank you for understanding!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1811 people are saying
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4.2
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4.5
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3.9
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MichaelM
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The renovation of the old cedar hotel is very well done. Good lunch time menu and wine. Vibrant and upscale for sure!

JC
vipJillC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Three of us shared 4 appetizers: spicy crab on crispy rice, heirloom tomatoes, avocado toast and salmon crudo. Each one was delicious. We sat outside on the patio. Service was great.

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FernandoR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We sat outside and enjoyed a lovely evening. Food was just ok. The sea bass was excellent but the pasta was tasteless and barely lukewarm.

It's a gorgeous restaurant (inside and outside) but the food quality needs to improve to justify the rather large check.

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vipnomad
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn’t been to Somerset in a while and was so glad I went back! All of our dishes were delicious though the katafi-crusted sea bass was the star. Our server was friendly and helpful and unpretentious. The patio was also lovely. Really a great experience.

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vipSandi
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Other than waiting for an initial 20 min to order a glass of wine, the service was great. And all the dishes we shared were wonderful.

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Marilah
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding! We came here for an anniversary and staff made it extra special. The lighting and decor design is wonderful as well. Highly recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

RM
RoseMary
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very lovely out door patio seating. The bar and restaurant are beautiful!

SN
vipSundayNightDiner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special experience at Somerset

Great patio overlooking the Viagra Triangle for people watching

Weather was ideal

Creative is a understatement for the drink and food menu

This is a top location for veg forward dining

The staff is all about you having a fine time

Solid drinks program

The baby gem endive and heirloom tomatoes salads were perfect starters

Everyone loved the chickpea pansies, spring veggies and roasted corn
The crispy sea bass was a one of a kind presentation

Save room for the chocolate and pretzels and peach ice cream desserts

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Suwa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, friendly staff, and great food!

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vipLovetodine
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

All staff members were very accommodating and our server (wish I could remember her name) was outstanding!

Fabulous Cheese Cake Creme Brulee Dessert!

UH
UrbaneHoosier
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Somerset, which is on the coloring level of the Viceroy Chicago, is a gem. We had breakfast there and the weather was perfect for eating outside (even if the construction noise from the adjacent building wasn’t).

The breakfast menu seemed appropriately limited and high quality, which matches the marketing of the hotel. I had a basic American (Gold Coast) breakfast and everything was prepared with excellence. My wife had a yogurt parfait which I also contemplated, and it looked delicious as well. I had coffee (their drip), which was rich but smooth. The Earl Grey my wife had was equally smooth and balanced (Richi).


Outside seating is in a cordoned-off street side courtyard which is quaint. True to Chicago form, the hotel’s exterior facade was expertly restored from the original iteration of the hotel (The Cedar - 1924). It was a lovely experience all around, except for the service, which at times was a little absent. When food was brought out, it seemed basic accoutrements were not presented or even asked about - salt, pepper, jam for toast, ketchup. That was the only knock on the outing. Otherwise the servers were polite and professional.

Will definitely return.

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Vredun
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Very special place, and we love celebrating at Somerset. Thank you for making our evening so special!

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vipsvetlanaz
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef is amazing! staff and restaurant manager is top notch. Our favorite place in the Viagra triangle

PS
vipPeterS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. Pork chop was tender and flavorful. Sea bass was great too.

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stephaniem
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Terrible, terrible service. Our waiter told us that we had a 90 minute limit- but not to worry, our food would be out quickly. He took 10 minutes to take our drink order and then didn’t check on us again for another 10 mins to get our food order. It took ONE HOUR for our food to come out- and we just ordered burgers on a night that was not busy at all. That was not “quick” by any stretch. While my friend was telling a story & laughing, the manager came over to ask her if she was mad about something - alluding to the volume of her voice in a very judgmental tone. We were NOT loud and there was a party behind us that had actually clapped previously so this scolding by the manager was both unwelcome & highly inappropriate. Will not be going back in person.

LM
vipLanaM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was absolutely amazing and Jay and the staff were all great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love what chef Stephen is doing but I do miss the moist & delicious 1/2 chicken & the glazed Brussel Sprout side that was on the original Somerset menu as the season cools down. Hopefully, there can be more choices on the lunch menu as ‘life’ resumes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food not as good as I recall. Quite a disappointment as I brought people from out of town. I’ve enjoyed meals there before so maybe an off night

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Mediterranean Sea bass was delicious. Everything else was meh. Flavorings heavy-handed.

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vipDotty
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was very good but their policy of having to order everything at once was a problem. We wanted appetizers with our wine and then wanted to order the rest of dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor and indoor environment for any occasion.

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vipgoodfood
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. We had the tuna tartare and the crab apps and both were delicious. For mains, we had the seabass and the burger, both of which also were outstanding. And the cookie plate for dessert was very good. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. Most of the diners were eating outside, which meant that the ambience inside was quieter than it usually is. We definitely will go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The risotto was not risotto- it was a soupy rice with wilted arugula . Service and ambiance was great- the meal needs to meet the same standard.

DB
vipDBHunt
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Menu is limited, and overpriced. Adding Truffles to a burger and charging $18 was extravagant. It just wasn’t that great a burger, frankly.

JB
JeffB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

After having 2 friends recommend Somerset we were excited to try it and join them for dinner there. We were seated on the outdoor patio, which is lovely. Both friends had been there before and raved about the crispy crab appetizer. When it came out they both said "What is this? They completely changed it." It was not good. We had a few appetizers. The Lobster Spring Roll and Tuna Tartar were tasty. The burger was underwhelming. The fries were cold and greasy. Clearly the frying oil needed to be changed. Loved the location but there are better options, especially for the price.

JM
JulieM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular. First of all, the restaurant is gorgeous and the outdoor patio is wonderful and inviting. We sat outside and enjoyed drinks and dinner. We started with the spring vegetables, which I highly recommend, and then each had a salad. My selection was the Bibb Lettuce salad, which I have to say may have been one of the best salads I've ever had. We split the asparagus risotto for dinner. Divine. The servers were attentive and helpful and the entire experience went smoothly. A lovely dinner. Oh, and the cookie plate for dessert - I'll go back just for that!

KB
vipKBHR
New Orleans
42 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio. Very attentive and friendly staff. An enjoyable afternoon.

JT
vipJT60657
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Been here 4-5 times now and it'll probably be the last. The food is okay, the serving sizes always leave me wanting a little bit more. I had a porkchop and two carrots for $60 and it's just not worth the money in my opinion. Feel like this place is lacking an identity or something. I'm a big fan of all the Boka restaurants but this one isn't one I'll make an effort to revisit.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was simply immaculate from beginning to end. Our server Ashley and her manager Jay went above and beyond to curate an incredible dining experience for us. Not only will we be back, but we will be telling everyone about our incredible evening at Somerset. Thank you Ashley, Jay and the whole Somerset team for wildly exceeding our expectations!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Table wasn’t ready. Ordered something the server said was on the menu by mistake and even though it was on the lunch menu and they had all the ingredients, they wouldn’t make it. What I ordered instead was barely edible.

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vipktink814
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! They made my birthday very special!

NG
vipNG111
Milwaukee
32 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The ambiance is awesome! The wine list is decent. The food leaves a lot to be desired. My pork came out extremely dry - almost beef jerky like. The waiter was absent minded and paid little to now attention to us. With all of the great Chicago restaurants, go somewhere else.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service wasn’t the best and no Bloody Mary mix…. For brunch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Poor service.
Took forever to get a drink.
Poor food quality.
Would not come back.

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vipAshley
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for a birthday - cool ambience and good food. They worked to make the birthday special

RH
RachelH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Birds flying around, mediocre overpriced food, very slow service, servers were not knowledgeable about their own menu

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday brunch with my parents. The restaurant brought out three glasses of Prosecco, on the house, for my birthday. We had wonderful service and the food was delicious. Outside dining is lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my boyfriends birthday and we had a great time! The tuna tartare was amazing and staff were so nice. Definitely coming back!

FAQs

Somerset offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 586-2150.

Somerset is rated 4.3 stars by 1811 OpenTable diners.

Somerset does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/somerset-chicago/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.